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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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June 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Physically, Chase Utley, who has battled an assortment of injuries throughout his career, including chronic knee pain, said he's OK. "Yeah, I feel fine," Utley said following the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Reds yesterday. But after an 0-for-3 afternoon, his 28th hitless performance in 51 starts, you surely had to wonder if the veteran All-Star's woes are beginning to wear on his mind. With an opportunity to get the Phillies back in yesterday's game - two on, two out, down two runs in the seventh inning - Utley produced a lazy, inning-ending fly ball to leftfield in his final at-bat.
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July 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - In the two weeks since Chase Utley was placed on the disabled list, the updates on his health haven't been minimal - they've been nonexistent. Yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he "hadn't heard a word" on Utley, who has been dealing with a right ankle injury since January but played through it for the season's first 2 1/2 months. But then Mackanin did the math, and figured it wasn't going to an issue he'd have to deal with any time soon, since Utley - who hasn't begun to hit yet - is probably at least a month away from returning.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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May 8, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
REPORTS OF Chase Utley's demise have been exaggerated, but not greatly, and not even moderately. This wasn't only the worst April of his career, but the worst month of his career. At the same time, any talk of rectifying the situation through some means other than letting him play his way out of it is extraordinarily premature. As we have written many times, the Phillies are in a position where they must attempt to maximize the future value of the assets they have in their organizational portfolio, and Utley remains one of those assets.
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July 27, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the tearing down and rebuilding of the Phillies is finally complete, it will be possible to catalogue and rank the missteps that were taken on the steep, slick road from the team's five straight division championships and two World Series appearances to their present position in the dregs of baseball's deep barrel. The ranking will take a while. It isn't as if the Phils miscalculated here and there, or failed to recognize the collapse in just one or two ways. They basically messed up for the cycle.
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July 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY is not a candidate to move to a new team before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, which arrives a week from tomorrow, on July 31. He hasn't played in a game in a month while rehabbing from a right ankle injury, and he's been mired in a funk at the plate for more than a year. But during his current hiatus, Utley might have found a flaw in his swing that was related to his injury. If he returns within the next couple of weeks, and shows something offensively, Utley could potentially move to a new team before Sept.
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July 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Glance up and down the Phillies lineup on any given day. There is a realistic chance rookie third baseman Maikel Franco is the lone everyday player who will still occupy the same role the next time the team is contending for the postseason. The final 21/2 months of this cellar-dwelling season will be used for the front office to continue determining which of the team's other players could play roles in the future. A slew of young players - Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Cody Asche, Odubel Herrera, and Cameron Rupp - will continue to get considerable playing time as incoming president Andy MacPhail evaluates the organization and readies to succeed Pat Gillick in October.
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July 20, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
One of the few benefits for a baseball organization with a long history of failure that has been interrupted only occasionally by brief fits of competence is that it is very difficult to set team records for futility. God bless the Phillies, though. They're taking a run at it. Since the team began playing, a stretch of a mere 133 years, the Phils have won two lonely championships and had only 58 winning seasons. That's a lot of losing. They lost at least 100 games 14 times, including 1941, when they set the franchise mark of 111 losses with a team that had Cy Blanton and Si Johnson in the starting rotation and nothing but sighs coming from the stands.
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July 19, 2015
Since he was called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley and played his first game this season with the Phillies on May 15, third baseman Maikel Franco hasn't had a break until this week. Franco, who turns 23 on Aug. 26, had started 55 consecutive games with the Phillies, and while he wants to play every day, the recent all-star break was welcomed. Franco said he stayed around the Philadelphia area with his family. "I just used the time to relax and rest," Franco said before Friday's game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, where he was once again in the starting lineup.
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July 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Francoeur had a flight to catch to get to Atlanta, where he'll celebrate his daughter's second birthday. Darin Ruf was going back to Philadelphia on the team charter flight. Freddy Galvis was joining Carlos Ruiz on a trip to Panama, Justin De Fratus was heading down the coast to his offseason home in Southern California, and Chase Utley was sticking around in San Francisco, where he's made a home in recent years. It's fair to say everyone in the visiting clubhouse, no matter where they were headed yesterday afternoon, was eager for a break.
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July 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Chase Utley grabbed his sunglasses from his locker and dashed out of the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park, through the dugout and into the field. Utley spent about 10 minutes working on short sprints while his pitching teammates loosened up their arms. The Phillies did not have pregame batting practice or fielding work - not unusual for Sunday matinees - but Utley was able to get his healing right ankle a little work before heading home for the All-Star break. Two days earlier, on the Phillies' first day in town, Utley took light field work at both first and second base.
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July 10, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHILE IT may be a tad presumptuous to attempt to speak for an entire fan base, I should note that, over the past six months or so, my job has evolved from a pure writing role to include some light interpersonal therapy work with Phillies fans. They recognize me from the five years I spent as the Daily News' traveling beat writer. Sure, it can get awkward when somebody approaches and starts ranting about some guy named Ruben when I am hanging out with a friend or acquaintance who is unfamiliar with the strength of the emotional ties that bind this city to its sports teams (FRIEND: Ex-boyfriend?
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July 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - The Phillies may have an eventual replacement for Chase Utley with the hot-hitting Cesar Hernandez. Shortstop Freddy Galvis has handled himself well in Year One and top prospect J.P. Crawford will also vie for the heir to Jimmy Rollins' throne before too long, too. Have the Phillies found the eventual heir apparent to Ryan Howard at first base? Last night, the Phillies announced that they had come to an agreement with 16-year-old Dominican slugger Jhailyn Ortiz.
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July 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - In the two weeks since Chase Utley was placed on the disabled list, the updates on his health haven't been minimal - they've been nonexistent. Yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he "hadn't heard a word" on Utley, who has been dealing with a right ankle injury since January but played through it for the season's first 2 1/2 months. But then Mackanin did the math, and figured it wasn't going to an issue he'd have to deal with any time soon, since Utley - who hasn't begun to hit yet - is probably at least a month away from returning.
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